Aquarium Activated Carbon
- Low phosphate release
- Low dust
- High organic retention
- Fast absorption
Why Aquarium Activated Carbon?
Carbon works on adsorption this is different to absorption, it is extremely sticky to certain chemicals. Once these chemicals come in to contact with carbon, they attach to it. There is a limit to how much the can hold onto which is why regularly changing you carbon media is important. Monthly is a good rule of thumb.
This is why the surface area of carbon is all-important. The more it has, the more waste it can hang on to. This is where activated carbon has the advantage over regular carbon, in that the activation process massively increases the number of tiny pores in it.
Carbon is very good at removing chemicals from the water. The two chemicals that carbon excels at pulling from tanks are phenols and tannins. These are produced from a variety of sources, including fish waste, leaching from wood, the breakdown and decomposition of faeces, plants/algae, uneaten food and more. It is also effective when it comes to removing odours from your aquarium.
In this respect, carbon is perfect for polishing the water and keeping it crystal clear. Mean better light penetration for corals and fish along with an improved viewing experience for yourself.
Where should I place activated carbon in my aquarium?
It’s important to get carbon in the right place in the filter. If it is placed too early then it runs the risk of becoming biologically active which is not what you want. If that happens, you lose surface area on the carbon.
The carbon should always be at end of the filtration process, never at the start. If you have a canister then you want to go foams (mechanical filters) then biological media and then carbon, not the other way around.
It’s a good idea to rinse your carbon before use preferable in RO water of aquarium water.
There are different ways of using activated carbon in to filter your water. You can use it in media bags place in filters or sumps.
Another options is a fluidised reactor
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